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A round smartphone with two USB ports, a pair of headphone jacks, a tiny screen, and a $ 1,000 price tag. Cyrcle Phone 2.0 is released on Kickstarter

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The unusual round smartphone Cyrcle Phone 2.0, presented a month ago, made it to Kickstarter, thanks to which we now know more details about it, including prices.

Let’s start with the prices. As part of the crowdfunding campaign, the smartphone can be pre-ordered for $ 700. There were lots of $ 600, but they were quickly sold out. In retail, the device will cost $ 1,000. The authors of the project do not report the exact timing of the start of deliveries, but they say that it is worth focusing on a year after the end of the campaign. True, they add that they began to ship their previous device five months ahead of schedule.

The dimensions of the smartphone are 130 x 103 x 22 mm with a mass of 147 g. That is, it is rather big, but lightweight. At the same time, it has a round display with a diameter of only 3.45 inches and a resolution of only 800 x 800 pixels. Considering the hefty price tag, this looks a little odd.

A round smartphone with two USB ports, a pair of headphone jacks, a tiny screen, and a $ 1,000 price tag. Cyrcle Phone 2.0 is released on Kickstarter

The heart is an unnamed Qualcomm platform, there is no 5G support here. There are 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash memory, and this is eMMC. There is also a microSD slot, a 13-megapixel camera, two headphone jacks, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.2, an NFC module, two USB ports (USB 2.0 and USB 3.0), a temperature sensor and a battery with a capacity of only 2000 mAh. True, with a tiny screen, this may be enough. Cyrcle Phone 2.0 is running Android 10, but it is unclear whether the developers will update their device before entering the market, because it will be released when Android 12 already reigns on the market.

But the parameters are not the main thing here. The cornerstone, of course, is the basic concept of form. The creators of the smartphone even offer everyone to download the corresponding file and print the case on a 3D printer in order to try on the device before purchasing.

The authors of the project also focus on the fact that the body of the smartphone is made of plastic based on corn, and the buttons are made of recycled plastic.

In addition, the smartphone shell offers a windowed function for applications. Moreover, the size of the windows can be changed, and the windows themselves can be moved around the display. With a round screen, this function will obviously not be superfluous. True, the screen size is already small, and applications in windowed mode are getting even smaller.

As for the campaign, less than $ 15,000 has now been raised, although the developers only wanted $ 10,000.

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Samsung trolled the bangs in the iPhone, and will eventually use it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

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Prominent informant Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka OnLeaks, has released the first computer-generated images of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra flagship tablet.

The biggest design innovation of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra should be a bang-shaped cutout. Despite the presence of this element, this tablet, like the recently announced MacBook Pro laptop, does not support 3D facial recognition.

Samsung trolled the bangs in the iPhone, and will eventually use it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Samsung trolled the bangs in the iPhone, and will eventually use it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

It is worth remembering that after the release of the iPhone X, Samsung released a whole series of black PR videos in which it made fun of the large cutout in the screen, which was very unusual at that time. After a few years, the company doesn’t seem to regard bangs as the same ridiculous element as they once did.

The source adds that only the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will receive such a notch, while the Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8 + will not have bangs. In terms of specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will have a 14.6-inch display, the Galaxy Tab S8 will have an 11-inch display, and the Galaxy Tab S8 + will have a 12.4-inch display.

Steve Hemmerstoffer at the beginning of the year published high-quality renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones, which were later fully confirmed.

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Full redesign of iPhone 14: periscope camera and small hole in the screen

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According to Mydrivers, LG Innotek is developing a periscope zoom lens for Apple, which is expected to be used in iPhones from 2022 or 2023.

Apple’s rival Samsung pioneered the periscope zoom lens in the Galaxy S20 series launched in January last year. Many other Android-based flagships from Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and other companies also actively use similar modules.

In the iPhone 13 Pro, despite using new image sensors and larger lenses, the optical zoom is only 3x. The difference with Android flagships remains very, very large.

The addition of a periscope camera should noticeably change the design of the rear panel. And if you consider the rumors of ditching the bangs in favor of a hole for the front camera, then the iPhone 14 may well bring the biggest design update since 2017, when the iPhone X hit the market.

The presentation of the iPhone 14 is expected in September next year.

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This is what the Xiaomi 12 Pro might look like. The smartphone was shown on a new render

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A Chinese insider has published a render of a new smartphone – according to him, this is how the Xiaomi 12 Pro will look. The device in the picture does not strike attention with design delights – there is still the same embedded front camera and a display bent onto the sides, as a result of which the screen does not have traditional side frames.

This image is generally consistent with rumors that the Xiaomi 12 screen will change slightly compared to the Xiaomi Mi 11: the novelty will simply use the latest generation Samsung AMOLED E5 panel with an embedded front camera – that is, there will be no sub-screen camera. The display will be curved, but it will not bend in all four directions – this decision Xiaomi will refuse.

According to the latest data, Xiaomi 12 will be released in December. The smartphone is credited with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 SoC, a triple camera with 50 MP sensors, a 5000 mAh battery, support for fast charging with a capacity of 120 W (wire) and 50 W (wireless).

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